"Lompoc~La Purisima Mission State Historic Park~" Lompoc by Yaqui

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Founded 8 December 1787 (11th in order) by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén. The original church was built at a site near the foot of the hills at the southern end of the present town of Lompoc in accordance with the plan of Father Junipero Serra who conceived of three mission along the central coast of California (Santa Barbara, La Purisima, and Santa Ines). Named for Immaculate Concepción of Mary the Most Pure~”Algsacupí”. During the Mission's early years, thousands of Chumash Indians were baptized here. They built over a 100 large and small adobe buildings were built. A water system was developed to aid in watering their crops and livestock.

After the 1812 earthquake they rebuilt four miles to the northwest in "La Cañada de los Berros," the Canyon of the Watercress. This location offered a safer access to El Camino Real, California's main travel route. La Purisima grew and prospered once again with a community with approximately 1,000 Chumash Indian Neophytes (converts) living on and near the mission lands. Schools were built and a training center for the inhabitants as well as a great ranching enterprise. They had at one time over 20,000 cattle and sheep that roamed the hills along with hundreds of horses, mules, burros and other livestock. They developed shops for weaving, pottery, leatherwork and other crafts in addition to organizing and administering the religious activities of the Mission settlement.

After secularization of the Missions it was auctioned off in 1845 by the Mexican government, the priced paid by Don Juan Temple of Los Angeles being $1,100.00. The padres relocated to the Santa Inez mission leaving Purisima abandoned except for occasional services. The Catholic church regained title to Purisima in 1874 due to a court case instituted by Bishop Alemany. In 1883 its lands were sold except for the ruined church and cemetery. A fire finally destroyed many of the buildings and it was abandoned. Then in 1934 it was saved by the State of California and in 1935 restoration was made by the Civilian Conservation Corps, was incorporated into the California State Historic Park programs.

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  • In a nutshell:A beautiful piece of history preserved!~
  • Last visit to Lompoc: Jan 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Thanks for the really interesting tour Dee!

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    Jun 9, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Back for a longer visit. Just a lovely place and thanks for sharing all the historic information about La Purisma Mission!!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    So nice that this piece of history was preserved! I never heard about this mission. Thank you Dee for showing it on VT!

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    Feb 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Wonderful Lompoc travel pages with interesting attractions. It certainly sounds attractive to visit and explore. Thanks for your virtual tour.- Thanks also for visiting our United Kingdom travel pages. ~ho & pang

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    Jan 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Hello, Dee!~ Thanks for your amazing Lompoc page!~ You have provided a lot of interesting insight that made me want to travel there... Perhaps some day!~

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Hi Dee, you’ve made a fine, informative new page about this interesting mission. – Happy New Year and happy travels in 2012.


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